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    On Thu, 21 Feb 2002 08:16:32 -0500 (EST), Bill Davidsen
    <davidsen@tmr.com> wrote:

    >On Wed, 20 Feb 2002, John Alvord wrote:
    >
    >> On Wed, 20 Feb 2002 10:39:36 -0500 (EST), Bill Davidsen
    >> <davidsen@tmr.com> wrote:
    >
    >> >There was a protocol called PLIP which did just what you want. I've used
    >> >it many times for laptop install (Patrick even fixed it in Slackware at my
    >> >request).
    >> >
    >> >Unfortunately, while the feature is still in recent 2.[45] kernels, it
    >> >appears to be broken. The last laptop I installed needed a network card to
    >> >get working.
    >
    >> This was interesting when NIC (network interface cards) cost $100.
    >> Nowadays, they are a lot less costly and interest in the PLIP solution
    >> has evaporated.
    >
    >Unless cards now come with their own slot, this is still very useful. A
    >system without parallel is very unusual, while one without network is far
    >more common, and one without a place to even add a network is not that
    >hard to find. While a home user with only a few systems which he can
    >configure at will has no trouble adding a NIC, business use in many places
    >doesn't work that way, and honestly I have a hard time telling someone to
    >buy NICs, cables, a hub, etc, when a $7 cable will work between systems
    >with a functional PL/IP kernel.
    >
    >Considering the low use things supported in the kernel, I see no reason to
    >think PL/IP is less so. Not a lot of TokenRing out there these days, even
    >in an IBM shop;-)

    I guess the only remaining problem is finding someone to support the
    code as Linux winds its way onward through the years. Or someone
    paying to do that work.

    john
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